Board of Visitors

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The Board of Visitors serves as Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute's chief volunteer group of supporters and ambassadors. These select volunteers guide, oversee and assist MPSI in carrying out its mission and vision for the future.  Members provide moral and financial support and help to enlist the support of others.

Debra Dworkin Partrich (2010), Chair
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Council
Young Women's Home Association Member
Wayne State Theatres - The Understudies
Barbara Barrett (2015)
Cranrbook Institute of Science Board
The Leona Group, retired
Carolyn Barth, PhD (2017)
Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology World Congress
George P. Butler, III (2011)
Partner, Dickinson Wright Law Firm
Marlene Bihlmeyer (6/14)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Council
Marianne Endicott (1997)
Community Volunteer
Young Woman's Home Association Trustee
Sharon Gioia (2004)
Founder, Polite America 
Phebe Goldstein (1996)
Freer House Board Chair
Frannie Greenebaum (2014)
Director of Development, Birmingham Community House (retired)
Nancy Kaufman, MA, CC-SLP (2010)
Director, Kaufman Children's Center
Mary Lafter (2010)
Early Childhood Educator, Merrill Palmer Institute Alumna
Teresa Lloyd (2010)
Owner, Grosse Pointe College Consulting
Seymour Nayer (2012)
Partner, Plunkett Cooney Law Firm
Ann Nicholson (1999)
Trustee, The Japhet School
Dianne Bostic Robinson, LMSW (2009)
President, Dianne Bostic Robinson & Associates
Maureen Saxton (2017)
Director, PR Edge, LLC
Nancy Swords (2017)
Deputy Director, Cranbrook Institute of Science

Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Representatives


Peter Lichtenberg, PhD
Steve Ondersma, PhD
Deputy Director
Cheryl Deep, MA
Media Relations and Publications Manager
Rose Foster
Administrative Liaison

Ad Hoc Member

Julianne M. Bjarnesen
Assistant Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Wayne State University